Q. How did it feel to be back out there together?
No, so when we spoke about it, we sort of joked about it, in the last Davis Cup tie in Poland, when I made a few more returns, he thought he might go okay. Maybe have a bit of fun at the Aussie Open. I don't think it will happen again, but it was good fun while it lasted.
Q. Did you go better than you thought?
Q. What did you think of Pat's form?
That was obviously his strength today. Sort of kept us in it today, holding his tight service games.
Those guys played well, though. They served well to both of us. He played well. A bit of fun. It was a good crowd atmosphere out there. It was good for the tournament, I think.
Q. Pat, how was it to hear the fans cheering?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was good.
PAT RAFTER: I'm not even asking him. It was good for me. It's fine.
It's sort of embarrassing to him a bit, too.
Q. I notice Goran was behind your game.
LLEYTON HEWITT: I think afterwards he heckled you.
PAT RAFTER: He gave it to me afterwards. He couldn't believe how bad my return was.
Q. What did he say?
It was just fun. Goran and I have been hanging out. We played a fair few tournaments with each other in Europe. We got to spend a fair amount of time with each other. He takes the piss out of me and he thinks it's funny.
Q. Australia has a tough Davis Cup tie coming up against France. Could be without Tomic now. He's injured. Comment on that.
We'll be looking to make a call on that tomorrow.
Q. Who would be the most likely replacement?
But if Bernie thinks he's gone for a couple of weeks and the doctors think that, we can't risk taking him.
Q. How about your preparation for this doubles match? Did you practice a lot before the match?
Q. The last couple of weeks you made a lot of practice sessions?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Feeding balls to other Davis Cup players.
PAT RAFTER: We work with the other guys on their games. That's been the format over the last few weeks. It certainly wasn't getting someone on the court serving to me so I could work on returns in my doubles game (laughter). Probably should have.
Q. Lleyton, how was it for you to play a match where there was so much focus on your partner?
Yeah, as I've always said, Pat helped me out when I first came into the Davis Cup team as a 15, 16 year old. He took me under his wing, helped me out. We obviously played some massive Davis Cup matches together as well. We got a pretty good friendship.
Yeah, it's just nice to be out there. We still enjoy it, have a bit of a laugh.
Q. Pat, Kokkinakis and Kyrgios, what do you make of them?
I want the media to know they're a few years off. They're going to have some good results, but it's going to take a while for their bodies to develop and strengthen and probably understand the game more as time goes along. But they are super talents. It's great to see them having a couple of wins here.
Q. Do you think Australia has locked a real solid doubles pair in the Davis Cup?
Gooch has only lost one match ever in Davis Cup. So he's sort of our go to guy in the doubles. Obviously a lot depends on me physically. Pat, me, Rochey, Josh Eagle, sort of make a call after day one if I'm going to team up with Gooch in the doubles or another option is better and saving me for the singles.
There's opportunities. We have a lot of individual good doubles players. Right now I think Gooch and I team up the best out of anyone.
Q. What do you make of the last 24 hours for Bernie? Do you feel for him?
Yeah, I only saw him before the match. He looked pretty focused to go out and play in the locker room.
I have no doubt he had a bit of a tightness, though, in that particular spot before he went out and played last night. Whether he jagged that a little more just in that first game yeah, it's a tough situation to be in. He's a young guy, as well. You have Nadal out there pushing you side to side. It's really tough.
So, you know, obviously he would have liked to have finished the match. I have no doubt about that.
Q. Pat, your thoughts on that?
There's not really much to report on, you know. As you said, he was tight and sore before he walked out. He got tighter and tighter. Didn't know what the end result was going to be.
No one knows the pain he's going through except Bernard. It's very hard for us to judge and make a call on that. Maybe he could have done a lot of damage to it, so...
Q. How are you going to recover from the match? Ice baths?
LLEYTON HEWITT: We both can now. (Laughter).
PAT RAFTER: Yeah. Davis Cup preparation. A few days of boys in camp now. I drank a couple liters of water, so I'm hoping I don't cramp. I was thinking about that on the court, too, If I cramp, this is going to be bad.